14 May 2018

DIY Liquid Hand Soap Recipe for Eczema

If you have eczema, try this DIY liquid hand soap recipe for eczema.  It's good for the whole family, and you can use it for dry skin even if you don't have eczema.

When my kids were babies, I fully expected at least one to battle eczema.  Caleb had several allergies and immune problems, so I was just waiting for a skin rash to pop up as well.  Fortunately, none of them had anything more than dry skin.

Unfortunately, the eczema hit me.  I'd rather it be me than them because it's really uncomfortable and so hard to get rid of.  

I know that I can't use most hand soaps or I'll have a flare up.  I'm in a flare up right now, but I don't know what, if anything, caused it.  After talking to a few people, eczema seems to flare up worse in the spring when it's allergy season.  My allergies have been awful this year, so this could have some truth to this theory.

Regardless of how it started, I need some relief.

The first eczema recipe that I'm sharing is my DIY liquid hand soap recipe for eczema.  It's gentle on your skin and has a carrier oil and essential oils to help promote skin healing and calm irritated skin.

I'll have several DIY eczema recipes coming in the next few weeks, so be sure to sign up for my newsletter if you don't want to miss the recipes.

Don't let the title of this post scare you away if you don't have eczema. Simply swap out the carrier oil if desired and use up to 20 drops of the essential oil of your choice.  Of course, you can also make it with no essential oils.


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If you want to make a true liquid soap from scratch, then you'll need potassium hydroxide.  That's not something that I keep on hand, so I wanted an easier recipe.

I've tried grating a bar of soap and adding water to make it thin enough for a hand soap.  This kind of works, but I haven't found a way to make it a uniform consistency.  It always turns out partly watery and partly slimy.  Yuck.  The watery part doesn't clean, and the slimy part just clogs up the soap dispenser. 

I hadn't been making castile soap hand soap lately because castile soap is fairly expensive at $10-$16 per 16 ounces.  Last week, I was at Bolek's and found castile soap for $10 for a 32 ounce bottle!  It's so new that they don't have it in their catalog yet, but you can call the store or email to order.


Since there's no preservative in this recipe, it's important to use distilled water.  Your tap water and even bottled water can have bacteria that won't be harmful if you drink it, but that bacteria can grow and multiply in this recipe until it's not safe to use.


I like to use vitamin E in many of my recipes because it's a powerful antioxidant.  If you have eczema, you don't want to skip this oil.

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means that it won't rinse off while you're washing your hands.  This is important because vitamin E is an anti-inflammatory, which can help reduce eczema symptoms.


Avocado oil is one of my favorite oils for eczema.  The fatty acids help nourish the skin and keep the skin moisturized.  Since it's an oil, it won't rinse off of your hands, so you'll reap the benefits for hours.


Helichrysum essential oil is similar to chamomile essential oil, so it's a gentle oil to use on your skin.
It's naturally anti-inflammatory, and it's said to promote cellular turnover.

This is my favorite oil to use for eczema because it works so well on my skin.

READ Helichrysum Benefits for Skin and Hair


Cedarwood essential oil can help reduce inflammation.  It also helps balance sebum production to treat dry, itchy skin.


Lavender essential oil is very gentle, so it's a good oil to use when trying to heal the skin.  It's antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory.  It's also soothing when used topically on damaged skin.

You could also use rose essential oil or geranium essential oil in place of the lavender.


Sometimes you can get a secondary infection if you scratch and break open the skin.  Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic, so it helps kill germs.



STEP #1 

Add the distilled water, vitamin E oil, avocado oil, and essential oils to the soap bottle.  Shake gently to mix.


Add the castile soap.  Swirl the bottle rather than shake it to mix it well.  
Do not add the castile soap first or it will bubble and you won't be able to fit the other ingredients in the bottle.

I reused a bottle from store bought soap.  There are some brands of soap that don't irritate my skin, so I do buy Soft Soap when it's on sale.  If you do reuse a bottle, try this non-toxic sticker removerwse to take the glue from the label off.  

Normally, I tell you to double or triple recipes to save time, but you can't do that with this one.  

This recipe doesn't have a preservative.  Even though you use distilled water, it could still get creepy crawlies in it.  I recommend that you only make this recipe if you'll use it within a few weeks.  
I have three kids who think they need to use half of a bottle of soap each time they wash up, so we always use this before anything happens.

If the color or smell is off, toss it immediately.  Better safe than sorry!

That said, I make castile soap concentrate to clean with.  I use boiled tap water.  I leave it on the shelf for months at a time with no problems.

Not ready to make your own DIY liquid hand soap recipe for eczema?  Try one of these from Amazon or Etsy:

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.